Eirik Omlie

Eirik is the Communications Director responsible for promoting African Services' mission, programs and advocacy initiatives. He manages media relations and external communications with key constituencies, including the African immigrant community and its allies. He also develops health promotion materials and public outreach campaigns. In addition, Eirik coordinates African Services' HIV Stigma Initiative that uses creative communication strategies to generate discussion, promote understanding, challenge discrimination and positively affect policy impacting people living with HIV and AIDS. Prior to joining African Services, Eirik spent several years managing communications at the New York Landmarks Conservancy in New York City and a non-profit in West Bengal, India. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer leader along the Senegal River in Mauritania, West Africa, and worked for a non-governmental organization on an HIV and AIDS food-security initiative in rural Zambia, Africa. Eirik’s career in communications began as an editor at The Post Newspapers in Zambia and The Hour in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has a degree in Rhetoric from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He speaks English as well as some Pulaar, French and Bengali.